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Re: Fast matrices comparison

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  • Subject: [mg115908] Re: Fast matrices comparison
  • From: Ray Koopman <koopman at>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 06:30:06 -0500 (EST)
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On Jan 25, 1:19 am, JJ <wateronwildf... at> wrote:
> Hi MathGroup
> I have to compare two big matrices (in the SparseArray form), say m1 and m2.
> I need that the elements of m1 will be replaced by 0 if they are less or
> equal to the corresponding elements of m2.
> For example, if m1={{8,7},{3,9}} and m2={{2,3},{4,5}},
> I would like to have m1={{8,7},{0,9}} because m1[[2,1]]<m2[[2,1]].
> I can do it easily with two nested for loops but I think it is not an
> efficient way to do it.
> I was wondering if somebody knows how to do it using a fast conditional
> replacement rule and/or pure functions.
> Thank you.

m1 * (1 - UnitStep[m2-m1])

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